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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Deep End (03/06/14)

TITLE: A Whale of a Tale
By Sharon Eastman


A Whale of a Tale

“There I was in the deep, blue sea
Sitting in the fish just prepared for me
All because I disobeyed
God’s holy plans that He had made.

All I heard was the fishes’ rumblings;
All I heard was the fishes’ grumblings.
It was dark. I could not see.
I was scared to death; I was history!

Lord, I’m sorry that I took that trip
On to Tarshish in a cargo ship.
Because I was foolish to fulfill your call,
I know that you want to save them all.

The Ninevites live sinfully.
They serve idols and teach heresy.
They are great. They can conquer our land,
Against them, our temple must stand.”

The Lord
The Lord said, “Why don’t you obey,
And do the things I plead and say?
I tossed that ship in the ocean blue
So the sailors would throw over you.

Now in this fish you must think
Above the noise, above the stink,
And realize I’m watching you,
When you disobey or you are true.

So, go to Nineveh right away,
And preach my Word every day.
Use my power; use my sword
For I am the King, the sovereign Lord!”

“Then with a gust the fish spit me out,
And dusty, dry land was all about.
So, I praised God for rescuing me
From the belly of the fish in the deep, blue sea.

I travelled long miles to that huge city
With hope in my heart, not self-pity.
I gave God’s news with power and might,
All through the day and all through the night.

The folks repented and were truly saved
From idol worship, sin so depraved.
They donned black ashes and sackcloth brown
Nineveh, the mighty, turned itself around!

This success pushed me over the brink.
I just had to rest; I just had to think.
The Lord supplied a plant so green.
How could I be so cruel and mean?

Fear and depression caught my spirit.
Of Nineveh’s change, I despised to hear it.
But, God was so pleased and very glad.
It bothered him that I was so sad.

When the plant died which was cool and shady,
The Lord came to me like a warm, sweet lady.
He said, ‘Son, you must know from the very start
To always obey with a trusting heart.

I am the Lord with glory and might.
I made the moon and the stars shining bright.
I’m holy and pure, and I hate all sin.
True worship unfolds from the heart within.’

And, I fell on my knees to worship and sing
About God’s love and his everything.
I went from the deep of heart and sea,
And I knew God would always take care of me.

Some won’t believe, yes, some will doubt
This tale of a whale that spit me out.
I tell this tale, it’s true as can be!
From the belly of a fish God rescued me!

Jonah 1-4 (NIV)

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C D Swanson 03/13/14
Great job with a familiar story in the Bible!

Nicely done.
God bless~
Lillian Rhoades 03/14/14
You did an excellent job of retelling this unforgettable story - even your title rhymed. ;-) You definitely stayed on topic with Jonah in deep water and in deep trouble.

Just a bit of red ink for a few rhythm missteps. Also, this line in the third stanza, " Because I was foolish to fulfill your call"...made me wonder if you meant "too foolish to fulfill," or "I was foolish not to fulfill..."

Rhyming comes in different forms. Here's the link for additional information about other variations. http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=30013

I love this line: "True worship unfolds from the heart
Larry Whittington03/18/14
Some places read smoother than other but the story was told.

This is a story from God about second chances. I am thankful he gives them (many times).

Read it out loud to yourself and see if you notice any rough spots. Maybe a longer or shorter sentence will make it smoother.

Thanks for the reminder of "second chances".
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/20/14
Congratulations on ranking 1st in your level and 25th overall! The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.
Judy Sauer 03/20/14
Congratulations on 1st place